Thursday, August 1, 2013

OhLife!! Email Journaling

I replied to Jessica with a tool I've been using personally: OhLife.  

OhLife sends me an email each night. I reply to the email with what happened that day.  The really cool thing is that everyday I get to see something I've previously written.  I don't know if it's going to be a week only or a month old.

I had not thought about using it in the classroom until Jessica tweeted this morning.  But it could be very powerful.  Students could log in to their email each morning and reply to their OhLife email and reflect on the day before.  At the end of the year (or anytime really) they can login at to see their previous entries.  If you login and click Past student can choose to Export or Write.  Using the Export feature, students could turn in their journals.  And it's all free!!

OhLife also offers another free service: Time Capsule! You can send an email to your future self.  Last year I had my 8th graders send an email to themselves as Seniors. They'll receive their email on April 1st of their Senior year.  This year, I'm going to have my students do it twice.  Once at the beginning of the year to themselves at the end of the year about what they expect to accomplish this year.  Then at the end of the year to their Senior-selves.  

You could also use this with teachers you train. How many times have your forgotten about something you learned at a professional development session?  Have them send themselves an email reminder to use the new tool they've just learned about. 

How will you use OhLife?  Let us know in the comments!

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